After months of delays, a very publicly drawn-out casting process and some rewrites and re-budgeting, Alfonso Cuarón is finally shooting his space-set thriller Gravity. The film features Sandra Bullock as an astronaut who, after a disaster, has to make her way back to Earth and safety. We’ve heard that the film is quite ambitious, possibly with a 20-minute+ opening shot and more than half of the film being created via CGI.
Other filmmakers seems to be wowed by the ideas going into the film. Guillermo del Toro is now on record saying quite a few enthusiastic things about Gravity, with the very del Toro-like summation that the project is “completely mind-blowing.” All his comments are below. Read More »
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Warner Bros. evidently has high hopes for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, as the studio recently set the film for a December 25 debut. Indeed, the novel, which is a quirky but heartfelt account of a young boy’s attempt to uncover some family history in the wake of 9/11, could easily be the basis for a moving holiday film.
I’m anxious to see a trailer, in part because the key role in the film — the boy Oskar — went to a non-actor: young Jeopardy! winner Thomas Horn. The potential that this film will reveal a new young talent seems high, much as True Grit did last year with Hailee Steinfeld. While we wait for that trailer, check out the first official image from the film, which shows Horn with Tom Hanks, as Oskar’s father. Read More »
There was a great bit of buzz last year about Alfonso Cuarón‘s upcoming film Gravity. The casting process was intricately detailed in the press as a search for an actress to lead the film finally led to Sandra Bullock being cast. Robert Downey, Jr. was set for a small role for some time, but the film’s schedule was pushed multiple times, leading to his departure and eventual replacement by George Clooney. Since then, news on the project has been scant.
Now producer David Heyman says that the film, about a woman trying to return to Earth after disaster strikes her mission in space, will finally shoot in May. And post-conversion 3D is in the cards, as well. Read More »
Don’t call it a Sopranos reunion, but James Gandolfini is poised to work with Sopranos creator David Chase once more. The actor has taken a role in Mr Chase’s new project Twylight Zones, aka the film previously referred to as the Untitled David Chase Rock and Roll Movie. In addition, Mr. Gandolfini is circling roles in two other potentially big films: Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade, and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Read More »
Briefly: The cast for Alfonso Cuarón‘s 3D sci-fi space film Gravity has finally come down to Earth. After months of shuffling both the male and female leads, it seems that George Clooney will star opposite Sandra Bullock, replacing Robert Downey, Jr., who dropped out not long ago. Read more after the jump. Read More »
The scathing reviews of Sex and the City 2 haven’t fazed writer/director Michael Patrick King, who’s already scored a big name, crowd-drawing cast for his next vehicle. More surprisingly, the movie didn’t faze these actresses, all of whom hopped on board without a moment’s hesitation (or even a script). Starring in King’s not-yet-titled comedy project are Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Sandra Bullock. It’s “an ensemble comedy set in the world of a Home Shopping-type network, where characters make their way through the maze of mania that surrounds marketing, marriages and the media”.
There’s a gay joke to be made here. I’m not going to use it. Moving right along. Read More »
Casting woes continue for Alfonso Cuarón‘s film Gravity. The movie, co-scripted by the director’s son Jonas, requires a strong female lead to anchor a story about a space-bound engineer who has to make her way back to an international space station in the wake of a catastrophe.
Angelina Jolie was offered the part, twice, and passed twice, and Natalie Portman was recently said to be in negotiations. Now we hear that she has said no, which leaves studio Warner Bros. turning toward Sandra Bullock.
UPDATE: Sandra Bullock is in active negotiations for the role, says THR. Read More »
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With the choice of lead role for Alfonso Cuarón‘s ‘Castaway in space’ film Gravity hinging to a great degree on a bankability index, it’s something of a surprise that Sandra Bullock‘s name didn’t come up as a serious first-pick choice until now. With Warner Bros. reportedly nervous about the idea of an $80m sci-fi film in which one actress is the only person on screen for much of the time, turning to Bullock seems like a no-brainer. Read More »